**This was originally written a year ago and I've added to it!**
DISCLAIMER: This is not the reality for ALL teens. There are just MY observations and MY opinions.
Here are the realities (for ME anyways) when it comes to these clichés:
Added:I am now 18 years old and my parents are still very, very much a part of my life. Most of my friends have parents very much involved in their life. Sometimes it's unwanted but the majority of the time, it's important. Since I'll be going to college next year, both of my parents are trying to get me ready. My mom worries that I won't be able to cook and clean and well, live, without her and my dad is trying to teach me how to handle money business (as in checking my credit card and writing checks). In another aspect, both are still surprised that their younger daughter is going off to college. My sister is six years older than I am so they've got the "my kid is going off to college" thing down pack.
But it surprised them. My mom and I have been having more arguments as of late because she can't accept that her crazy younger daughter is all grown up. In an essence, I am very much like my mom when it comes to personality. We're both perfectionists (even though she won't admit to it) and we like order. We both love to cook and we have certain ways of doing things. My point is, without them, my life would be incomplete. I have friends whose parents are not as involved as I am but that too makes them who they are. One friend has only a dad and her mom isn't in the picture, but they make it work. Another friend has parents who are both like her best friends and the parent. Wether they only have one parent, divorced parents, or both parents under the same roof, you can't ignore them in YA books.
Added:See? Told you I wrote this a year ago! I am now a senior and wow, school. Very important. One of the things many teens do not understand is that senior year is as important to your future as junior year is. For example, if I only take easy classes and don't continue to challenge myself, it won't look as good on my record as an honors or AP class. That is just the facts ladies and gents!
The point is, school is very important to teens and needs to be represented accurately in YA books. For some, it might just be a social gathering but for others, it's actual hard work. I have worked my butt off these four years so that I have a future, what ever it may be. School can be exceptionally stressful and demanding. I've cried a lot in the past four years but I've laughed ten times more. I've learned how I take in information and how I learn best. I know know what subjects I'm going to need to work on in college and what comes easier to me.
And this is not to offend anyone and I'm not saying that people without degrees aren't smart but how many publicists, authors, agents, etc. do you know that don't have an education? For me, education is important and it's the same for others as well. I've complained about bad grades and the time consuming projects but I've also learned time management because of it.
My overall point it: YA needs to represent school accurately.